The Salopian Express 2

The Salopian Express 2

Please Note: This trip is part hauled by vintage diesel and part hauled by steam

Dumfries to Shrewsbury
Departs – Thursday 13 September 2018

From Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Carlisle, Penrith, Lancaster and Preston.

Join us for a nostalgic day out and enjoy the thrill of steam haulage on a circular route which takes in the lovely scenery of the Welsh borders.

Departing from Dumfries with diesel in charge we make our way down the West Coast Main Line through Preston to Crewe, where our steam engine awaits. At Crewe we say goodbye to our diesel locomotive and steam takes charge for a scenic journey through Chester and the rolling hills of Welsh Border country.

Passing through Wrexham, Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen we can enjoy the smells and sounds of days gone by as our locomotive works hard with its heavy load en route to the historic town of Shrewsbury where we break our journey.

Standing in a loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is an attractive destination with its cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings and pedestrianised centre, all making for a pleasant break.

After our visit, we rejoin our steam hauled train for the return run to Crewe - this time taking the line through Whitchurch and Wrenbury so completing a circular run. Our diesel now rejoins the train and takes over for the return run along the West Coast Main Line to Dumfries.

PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip Muffins, freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Final Timings Outward Return
Dumfries 05.53 00.06
Annan 06.13 23.49
Gretna 06.24 23.33
Carlisle 07.09 23.22
Penrith 07.35 22.53
Lancaster 09.14 21.40
Preston 10.10 20.32
Shrewsbury 13.04 17.10